The 21st Annual Midwest & Great Northern Printers Fair is coming up in less than a month! This will be my 7th year attending the Printers Fair and it holds a special place in my printer heart. (Photo above was taken during the Printers Fair a couple of years back by one of the larger presses they have at Printers Hall)
Printers Hall is a working museum/print shop on the Threshers Grounds in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. They house dozens of presses and equipment, most of which are in working condition. When I was first interested in letterpress, I decided to check out the Printers Fair all those years ago. Eventually, my first press came out of my visit to Printers Hall and the second press came a couple of years later from the same place. Last summer I also attended the Ladies of Letterpress Conference, Type on the Cob, held at Printers Hall.
While there, I’ve met many printers whom have become good friends and mentors. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Printers Fair and would encourage those interested in learning a bit more about letterpress, to take the trip to Mt. Pleasant in September.
For more info about the events of this year’s Printers Fair, I’ve posted some details here on the Ladies of Letterpress site. Also check out the Old Threshers site for more photos and info about Printers Hall.
Last year I met a paper-loving couple and worked with them to design and print a menu for their (delicious sounding) dinner party. When they decided to host another event this year, they wanted letterpress menus to go with their southwest theme.
With their theme, I couldn’t resist using two shades of cactus green. I mixed a few old style serif typefaces with a sans-serif to reflect a bit of southwest style with a modern twist.
Thanks to Sam & Diana for their support (and super fun letterpress projects!).
While most of our letterpress work is done with digital files that are turned into plates for printing, we get an occasional job that is done with handset type.
John contacted us about creating some labels for the cabinets and chairs he creates. He sent along an inspiration image of an antique calling card. This card would have been printed via letterpress and handset type back when it was first printed. We couldn’t resist the challenge to print his labels in the same way.
We used two typefaces from our collection and a new border that was purchased from Skyline Type Foundry, specifically for this project (the little box holds all of the tiny, 12 point pieces of border). The type was set with a Bodoni-like face, combined with Copperplate Gothic and a short rule.
The labels were printed with black ink on 100% cotton paper from Crane, with the label adhesive added after printing. Thanks to John for the fun challenge!
Working with other entrepreneurs is one of my favorite parts of my business! Ben at Bandwidth Pool came to Iron Leaf Press looking for some special notecards. He loved the looked of blind impression (printing without ink, leaving just a depression into the paper). We printed his logo on 110# bright-white cotton paper and chose bright blue envelopes to match his logo.
Check out more about Bandwidth Pool here. Thanks Ben!